Berkeley Neuroscience News | June 15, 2015

Decisions in the brain

By Chris Holdgraf Every second, billions of people across the world make a decision. How to dress for the day, whether to go back to school, where to find your next meal, whether you want to go on that second date – the choices we make in life have a significant impact on our own […]

NPR | June 12, 2015

Scientists Investigate What Makes Us Itch

Scientists found a molecule crucial to perceiving the sensation of itching. It affects how the brain responds to serotonin, and may explain why anti-depressants that boost serotonin make some itch.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | June 11, 2015

Introducing the ZEISS Berkeley Brain Microscopy Innovation Center

A resource for the neuroscience community The BRAIN Initiative has spurred the rapid development of new optical tools to precisely measure and manipulate neuronal activity. These powerful tools are an important and exciting step toward deciphering the neuronal circuits that command essential brain functions, such as perception, movement, and memory. The mission of the Brain […]

Berkeley News | June 11, 2015

Three campus researchers named 2015 Pew scholars

Three early-career researchers at UC Berkeley have been selected as this year’s Pew scholars, a program for investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. Pew Scholars is a program of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Founded in 1948, Pew is a nonprofit global research and public policy organization dedicated to “improving public […]

Berkeley News | June 1, 2015

Poor sleep linked to toxic buildup of Alzheimer’s protein, memory loss

Sleep may be a missing piece in the Alzheimer’s disease puzzle. UC Berkeley scientists have found compelling evidence that poor sleep — particularly a deficit of the deep, restorative slumber needed to hit the save button on memories — is a channel through which the beta-amyloid protein believed to trigger Alzheimer’s disease attacks the brain’s […]

Time | June 1, 2015

Go to Sleep: It May Be the Best Way to Avoid Getting Alzheimer’s

Doctors studying Alzheimer’s disease have known for a while now that their patients are poor sleepers. But does the disease result in disrupted sleep, or do unhealthy sleep habits contribute to the disease? Reporting in Nature Neuroscience, researchers led by Matthew Walker at the University of California, Berkeley, describe for the first time a unique […]

Berkeley News | May 13, 2015

Drug perks up old muscles and aging brains

Whether you’re brainy, brawny or both, you may someday benefit from a drug found to rejuvenate aging brain and muscle tissue. Researchers at UC Berkeley have discovered that a small-molecule drug simultaneously perks up old stem cells in the brains and muscles of mice, a finding that could lead to drug interventions for humans that […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | April 29, 2015

Cracking the neural code: how single neurons and complex networks process perceptions

By Kevin Doxzen Perception is how we connect with the world around us: from grasping the steering wheel of a car to smelling a fresh cup of coffee in the morning. We often take these experiences for granted. Yet they are actually the result of a finely tuned coordination between complex neural networks in our brain. […]

Berkeley Research News | April 29, 2015

Seeing Through Alzheimer’s Disease

A jury would have to acquit. Two tough guys are caught at the scene of a brutal beating, but no one witnessed the crime. No video cameras or cell phone captured the assault. Maybe both men arrived after the attack. Or one might have acted alone. They’re suspicious, but not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. […]